For Anastasia Bisel, a studio art major at Cedarville University, her “wild and fantastic” dreams of dragons, coupled with her faith and creativity, sparked the passions and interests of her life that she has woven into. his art and his writing.
“Heart of Aegia: The Hunt for the Golden Wing” is the first in his series of four-part novels about several characters from a fantasy world that uncover the true story of a war between the races that has been hidden by centuries of propaganda. While only a fraction of the story is about dragons, Bisel’s fascination with mythical creatures sets the story in motion.
“The novel started with a world and a story that I put together from some dreams that I had,” Bisel said. Although she had her share of imaginative dreams, only a few featured dragons. “These dreams were important to me, and the dragons in my book are based entirely on the creatures I encountered while I was sleeping,” she said.
After writing the first draft at age 13, Bisel returned to history several years later. The series has become a saga chronicling the interactions between characters from very different cultures, races, ages and statuses.
“I have considered myself an artist for as long as I can remember,” Bisel said. “My parents noticed my creative tendencies early on and made sure to nurture and encourage them, so there was never a time when I wasn’t using art to express my interests.”
Although she has always possessed a love for learning and creation, Bisel nurtures a unique interest in dragons, leading her to include them in her novel, sculptures, and other artistic work.
For Bisel, dragons have become a symbol of his God-given creativity. “As a bearer of the image of our Creator God, I take great joy in emulating his process of creation by using the gifts I have received to create something new,” she said.
In addition to the book series, Bisel has built a following for his art through connections between friends and family. A recent client was a man from his home church who wanted a painted portrait of his girlfriend’s dog who had tragically drowned.
“I did my best to be sympathetic in our interactions and painted a portrait that could faithfully capture the likeness of their pet so that it could help them through their grief,” Bisel said.
One of his favorite human portrait commissions was for his sister’s mother-in-law, who was getting married later in life and wanted a portrait drawn. “The couple looked so sweet and fun loving, and I hope I was able to project this to them so they could see it.” Bisel focused on portraying the couple’s faces and animated personalities.
Bisel has also published several coloring books and will continue to explore new artistic mediums, eagerly awaiting how God will use his passions in the years to come.
“I feel like I’m at a stage where I’ve prepared my skills for future use, and sometimes I have to fight my own restlessness and know the time will come,” Bisel said. “But I’m also aware that some of those precious moments may already be starting with the clients I have now. I tell myself that I may never know exactly what God is doing through me, but if I am faithful to put my brush against the canvas, He can make someone else see what they need. duty.
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,550 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 150 fields of study. ‘studies. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is nationally recognized for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, including its Bachelor of Arts in Art Studio program, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited health science and professional offerings, and a high ranking of student engagement. For more information about the University, visit cedarville.edu.